New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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‘Walking in a wonderland’ peWah!
Christmas lights go up downtown
By Dylan Jiminaz
Downtown New Braunfels is transforming into a Christmas wonderland, although it’s still a little warm out.
New Braunfels Utilities electric division crews on Monday started hanging more than 5,000 white Christmas lights on the plaza trees and bandstand.
They were finishing the job Wednesday.
NBU has been hanging the lights for decades.
Crews used to hang them with stepladders, said Gretchen Reuwer,. NBU spokeswoman.
“We've watched the trees grow," she said.
The trees have gotten so big the crewmen now use utility micks to drape 500 lights over each tree on the plaza.
“Tills is something we will always do,” Reuwer said. "It’s become a part of tradition and NBU services.”
Cathy McKinney, of The Quilt Haus in downtown, said it has been a joy to’work across the street from the bandstand for the last four years.
The Christmas lights and the decorations create a small town holiday ambiance that lifts the spirits of people working and visiting downtown.
The hanging lights remind her of “icicles shining in the sun,” she said. “It makes you feel like your walking in a wonderland.”
•McKinney gets a lot of positive feedback about the lights from tourists who frequent the shop.
“For visitors it’s really nice,” McKinney said. “It makes you feel tike you’re in the snow.”
The lights are going up weeks before Thanksgiving but they help New Braunfels usher in the Holiday season.
Downtown will be lighted Nov. 21 with a countdown ceremony that will include performances by the community choir and band. Santa Claus
See LIGHTS. Page 3A
New Braunfels Utilities employees, from left. Walter Sifford, John Wilkins and Chad Schaeferkoeter shed
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light on finding that one bulb that just wont shine. They helped put up Christmas lights around downtown.
Courthouse veteran Caldwell helps with project
By Ron Maloney
When New Braunfels turns on its holiday tights Nov. 21, the county courthouse will be brightly tit as it has been in years past — thanks in part to a tittle help from a recently retired employee.
Herb Caldwell, who retired from county service in July to spend a tittle more time with the grandads, spent this past weekend helping to string the Christmas tights on the
“We’ve been putting those tights up for more than IO years,” Caldwell said. “There’s over 4,000 of them.”
Caldwell, who serves on the county's courthouse restoration committee, said he has a standing offer to volunteer when needed.
“Any time they need anything, I’ll come down and help,” Caldwell said.
This is just typical of Herb and his dedication to Comal County, said
County Judge Danny Scheel.
“Herb’s so dedicated, he not only did the courthouse tights, but he also went over to Bulverde and put up the tights at our justice of the peace office there,” he said.
Scheel said Caldwell has done a lot to help the county’s new maintenance manager, Anthony Saenz, learn what must be done each year.
“Herb told me before he retired he’d help us with projects when we needed it, and we appreciate Herb and what he does,” Scheel said.
By Ron Maloney
A grand jury Wednesday indicted three members of a San Antonio family for their alleged parts in fleeing with a boy rather than turn him over to his father.
Assistant District Attorney Joe Soane III said Suzanne DeWalt, 41, was indicted in absentia on charges of interfering with child custody and hindering apprehension.
She disappeared with her son, Jeremy DeWalt, 6, after a Comal County jury awarded custody of the boy to his father, Michael DeWalt.
The whereabouts of DeWalt and her son are unknown.
Her father, Edward R. Kearns, 71, and mother, Margaret L. Kearns, 68, are in Comal County Jail.
Edward Kearns was indicted on a charge of hindering apprehension. Margaret Keams was indicted on a charge of interfering with child custody.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the charge of hindering apprehension is a third-degree felony punishable by two to IO years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Interfering with child custody is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
Judge gives 20 years in assault case
By Ron Malonay
A 35-year-old Canyon I .ake man drew 20 years in prison Wednesday after 207til Judicial District Judge Jack Robison adjudicated a previously deferred aggravated assault charge.
Assistant District Attorney Ed Springer said William L Alexander would have to serve at least IO years beton* lie is eligible for parole because Robison ruled the weapon used in the assault was a deadly weapon.
See ASSAULT. Page 3A
Wentworth: Lines are legal, white Dems upset
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By Ron Malonay
SMITHSON VALLEY—State Sen. JeffWentworth, R-Sail Antonio, predicted Wednesday night that the new congressional districts hammered out this past summer would hold up in federal court.
Wentworth, addressing the monthly meeting of the Bulverde Area Republican Women, said what the Republicans did in redrawing the districts was no different than what Democrats had done atter each cen
sus for the past 30 years.
About IOO attended the event, which included a tight dinner in the auditorium of Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative.
Wentworth explained how redistricting occurred and the effect on the process of two Democrat walkouts — one to Ardmore, Okla. in May and the other to Albuquerque, N.M. later in the summer.
He said he could understand
Democrats being affronted by the process — because it’s how Republicans felt after the last three Democrat-drawn redistricting maps.
“The Democrats are doing the same thing we Republicans did in 71, '81 and '91,” Wentworth said.
The Democrats, Wentworth said, would probably have as much chance of prevailing in their lawsuits as the Republicans did. They lost all three times.
Now, the Democrats, Wentworth said, are alleging that the Republicans have weakened minority voting strength — the same claim his own party made without success.
“How can they successfully attack the map we drew saying it dilutes voting strength when we created an entirely new Hispanic district and an entirely new African-American district?" Wentworth asked.
“What they’re really upset about is the new lines make six white Democrats unelectable. But the Voting Rights Act does not protect Democrats.”
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